February 1938

Synopsis of Diseases of the Heart and Arteries.

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By George R. Herrmann, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, the University of Texas. Price, $4. Pp. 344, with 91 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(2):368. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180080210013

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The author presents this book to fill what he considers a need for a synopsis of diseases of the heart and arteries. In the opinion of the reviewer it is more than a synopsis, running to the length of some textbooks on the subject.

There are a number of inaccuracies in the book, and too many dogmatic statements are made without qualification. This is probably because of the author's original intention of writing the book as a synopsis. For example, on page 277 the statement that aortic stenosis is the rarest of (cardiac) lesions is inaccurate. In addition, many points of practical importance have been omitted. There is also a tendency to give the impression that certain work has been proved to be of value which as yet is not generally accepted. Some chapters, such as those on congenital heart disease, diseases of the great vessels and peripheral vascular diseases,

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